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The First Lady received the winner of the CNS Award
The First Lady received the winner of the CNS Award
The First Lady received the winner of the CNS Award

The First Lady Dominique Ouattara received in audience Bledson Mathieu, journalist at Fraternité Matin and winner of the CNS award in the 2017 Ebony contest.

The hearing took place on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the office of the First Lady in Cocody. During this meeting, the winner of the CNS prize was accompanied by Mr. Traoré Moussa Hamed, President of the National Union of Journalists of Côte d'Ivoire (UNJCI) and M. Doumbia Mamadou,  President of the Media Network for the Protection of the Rights of the Child.

For about twenty minutes, the First Lady spoke with her guests of the day. She particularly congratulated the winner for his award and encouraged Mr. Traoré Moussa Hamed,  President of UNJCI for his enthusiasm in organizing this event.

At the end of this meeting, the First Lady offered a check for one million CFA francs to the winner.

 

At the end of the meeting, the President of the UNJCI took the opportunity to thank the First Lady for her support.   « Since 2013, The First Lady has been receiving the winner of the Ebony prize for the fight against child labour.  We have come to introduce to her the winner for this year Mr. Blédson Mathieu, journalist at  Fraternité Matin.  The First Lady congratulated him and encouraged him to continue along this path.  She also urged us to keep working hard for the success of this event which created a strong motivation among journalists.  We are very happy and satisfied to have been able to meet with the First Lady. », he said.  In addition, Traore Moussa Hamed has appealed to media men..  « "I think the award is within the reach of every journalist. As I have always said, the Ebony prize is not won at random. Whoever seeks the prize, can have it. We also take this opportunity to thank the First Lady for her support » he ended.

As for the winner of the CNS prize, he expressed his joy after his meeting with the First Lady. «I am very happy to have won the award and happy to have met the First Lady. I'm also happy to receive this check for one million CFA francs.  For me, this is another honor because last week, the First Lady rewarded Fraternité Matin for the CNP award. A month earlier, it was the Director General himself who received a prize in Paris for his latest book. Today, it is still Fraternité Matin which receives a prize on child labor. I'm really happy,», said Blédson Mathieu.

Note that the investigation of the journalist Blédson Mathieu is entitled: "In the world of prostitutes girls". It was published in the numbers 15,628 and 15,629 respectively on Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14, 2017 of the daily Fraternité Matin.

Initiated by the Media Network for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (Ramed-CI) in partnership with the UNJCI, the CNS prize for the fight against child trafficking,  exploitation and child labour is sponsored by the National Committee of Action for Fight against Trafficking, Exploitation and Child Labor (CNS) chaired by Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire.